Brassica oleracea, (Circa 1800's) Very hardy & Sturdy, It is said that this old Heirloom variety originated from a cross between a kale and a brussels sprout and was then re-crossed with purple sprouting broccoli. It produces a steady supply of tasty, attractive, green leaves with purple stems throughout the winter but unlike other kales, this is followed by a secondary crop of side shoots in early spring. (Similar & often confused with Thousand headed Kale), it's also a good source of vitamin A, potassium, & calcium, This is a very hardy and sturdy 'Short-lived perennial'., Seed Count Approx - 25 to 30 avg SOWING - Sow in the spring under protection for an Autumn Crop. Sow in small pots then transplants at 2 to 3 leaves to 60 cm apart into final position following a Peas or Broad Bean rotation. Plant again in late July / Aug for a late winter harvest. For best results, loosen the soil with a fork, (no fertilizer) & smooth with a rake. Extremely hardy, It's best NOT TO SOW brassica seeds directly where you plan to plant them in order to reduce the risk of club-root which can be a real menace.